High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jackson Hole

Wyoming Boys XC ROY: Oliver Scofield

January, 23, 2012
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For his 50 fellow Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Oliver Scofield


School: Jackson Hole (Jackson, Wyo.)
Grade: Senior
Height: 5-foot-7


Athletic achievement: Scofield raced to his second straight Class 3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 16:51.68, leading the Broncs to a state title as a team. A two-time First Team All-State selection, he earned 67th place in the Nike Cross Nationals Northwest Regional championships, crossing the line in 16:55.5.

Academic excellence: Scofield has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society and his school’s Model United Nations Club, he has volunteered locally on behalf of the Salvation Army and the Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra as an usher and stagehand.

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Eye on POY: Wyoming boys cross country

January, 16, 2012
The cross country season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated. These state meet winners made a case in their respective classifications, but did they do enough on and off the course this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?

Ricky Faure
Sophomore, Rock Springs (WY)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class 4A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:43.91

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 23rd—16:18.3

Oliver Scofield
Senior, Jackson Hole (Jackson, WY)

2011 Team postseason standing: First (Class 3A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—16:51.68

2011 Nike Cross Nationals regional (Place—time): 67th—16:55.5

Alejandro Garcia
Senior, Pine Bluffs-Burns (Pine Bluffs, WY)

2011 Team postseason standing: Second (Class 2A)
2011 State meet finish (Place—time): First—17:41.03

Winning the state meet isn't a prerequisite for Gatorade State Cross Country Runner of the Year, so here are some more of many other harriers whose performances this past season vaulted them into the conversation during this 2011 campaign.

Michael Kesy: Junior, Cheyenne East (Cheyenne, WY)
Raider Nelson: Senior, Glenrock (WY)
Alvin Spoonhunter: Junior, Wyoming Indian (Ethete, WY)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Runner of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com or Twitter @ESPNHS_Awards.